(Almost) Everyone Anyone by Sibylle Fendt

    Peaches © Sibylle Fendt

Wed, 04/26/2023 -
Sat, 05/27/2023

Goethe-Institut Toronto

Photo Exhibition

Presented by the Goethe-Institut
with CONTACT Photography Festival & Art Metropole
Supported by the Berlin Senate Department of Culture
Core exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2023

A member of the renowned agency Ostkreuz, Berlin photographer Sibylle Fendt is known for her medium-format analog work. In her first exhibitions in North America, the Goethe-Institut presents her latest artist portraits, offering up exuberant encounters with Peaches, Pussy Riot, Kis' Keya, Danielle de Picciotto (performing in Canada summer 2023) & dozens more.

Fendt portrays DJs, authors, photographers and performers she appreciates for their signature style & gutsy choices—all united by a feminist attitude. The solo show (Almost) Everyone Anyone, accompanied by books and artist statements, looks through an intercultural lens on gender justice, diversity & portraiture. “My images show personalities, not genders,” says Fendt, providing extraordinary views on positions with a clear stance that inspire to frame one's own.

Visit the exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Toronto between 26 April - 28 May on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11am-5pm.

Free public programs:

28 April 2023, 5pm-7.30pm
@ Goethe-Institut Toronto
Opening reception with screening of the documentary “Photo: OSTKREUZ” by Maik Reichert about the famous Berlin photo agency (6pm)
Save Your Spot “Photo: OSTKREUZ” by Maik Reichert
Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, seven photographers from East Germany founded their own agency OSTKREUZ in 1990. The idea: a collective, ensuring authorship. Soon Ostkreuz became the most important photo agency in Germany. Now, they have two dozen members from East and West. One thing unites them: a humanistic worldview. Berlin-based filmmaker Maik Reichert has accompanied OSTKREUZ over many years. His film tells the photographers' story, with and without the Wall.

Please join us!
26 May 2023, 6pm
@ Goethe-Institut Toronto
Finissage with artist talk & book presentation with Sibylle Fendt Fendt in conversation with photographer Clare Samuel, co-founder of the Feminist Photography Network, a nexus for research on the relationship between feminism and lens-based media.

Two high-quality publications with the first 52 portraits and statements by the subjects accompany the ongoing series.

The Toronto presentation will be followed by Fendt’s US premiere exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Washington & Focus on the Story International Photo Festival, creating an episodic transatlantic narrative around the role of artists in social change.

About the Artist

Sibylle Fendt, born 1974, studied philosophy, sociology and art history in Karlsruhe, Germany, then photography at Städelschule Frankfurt with Wolfgang Tillmans. Fendt has been working as an independent photographer since 2002 and won the Kodak Young Talent Award the same year. In 2003, she participated in the biennale Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, and the World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class. Fendt lives and works in Berlin. A member of Ostkreuz Agency, she teaches at Ostkreuz School of Photography and Design. She was named one of the 100 most important young Germans by NEON magazine.

Part of the Goethe-Institut’s focus on Global Feminisms